Our talented faculty practice their craft in highly regarded professional ensembles. Keep an ear out for where these groups might be performing near you.
• Dr. Margaret Boudreaux is the director of the Masterworks Chorale of Carroll County [http://www.masterworksofcc.org/about.htm], which was founded as the Carroll County Choral Arts Society in 1977 under the direction of conductor David Kreider. For the past 25 years the group has brought to the community the timeless and beloved works of masters like Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, J. S. Bach, Fauré, Rutter and Britten. The group has performed in Baltimore at the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Our Queen, and with the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Choir. They have sung with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and have hosted several concerts jointly with the Georgetown University Orchestra and Choir at the National Building Museum and at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and with the Carroll County Children’s Choir.
• Eric Byrd heads The Eric Byrd Trio [www.ericbyrd.com]. With fellow musicians Bhagwan Khalsa and Alfonso Young, the trio has played throughout the Maryland-D.C. area and beyond, including a CD release at the Blues Alley Supper Club. In addition, they played the New Haven Lounge Jazz Club in Baltimore, voted best jazz club three years in a row, and Café 880 in Connecticut, voted best jazz club in that state for two years. In February 2000, The Eric Byrd Trio made their third headlining appearance at the East Coast Jazz Festival.
• Kyle Engler is a member of The Morpheus Trio, a group dedicated to bringing the freshness and visceral synergy of music for voice, piano, and horn to audiences throughout and beyond the Mid-Atlantic region. Displaying ravishing timbre and unequalled virtuosity, the group’s performances combine the power of opera with the intimacy of chamber music - charming seasoned enthusiasts, classical newcomers, and composers alike.
• Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick is a member of The Mistral Winds, which is a woodwind quintet that frequently plays with Chamber Music on the Hill. The members include Dr. Kirkpatrick on flute, David Duree on clarinet, Mindy Niles on oboe, Lynn Griffith on French horn and Julie Gregorian on bassoon. The ensemble has been together for five years, and plays in this area on a regular basis.
• Dr. David Kreider is a member of The Westminster Trio, in which Dr. Kreider, pianist, is joined by Esther Mellon-Thompson, cellist, and Melissa Zaraya, violinist, both of whom also perform with the Baltimore Symphony. The Westminster Trio has been performing in the Baltimore-Washington are for more than 10 years.